Better Than Netflix and Chill

With over 160 student organizations all in one place at CWRU, you don’t need to think twice about how to get involved. The only “tough” decision is trying to narrow down and commit. Once you step out of the college bubble though, that’s where it gets real.

Outside of college, you can start anew. Hobbies are meant for you to challenge yourself AND for you to have fun while doing them. We all need to unwind, destress, and just relax but, “chilling on the couch watching Netflix” for example, is not a hobby. Initially, finding time to spend on things you enjoy can be quite a feat and it will take a while to adjust and give yourself time for hobbies, but it’s worth it. If you’re ready for more and feeling adventurous, take it to the next level and try something new.

A lot of people let their schedule and money get in their way, but you don’t let that stop you. Take a bite, you don’t have to eat it all at once – start small in terms of time and money. Spend just 15 minutes everyday and you’ll see how quickly the time will pass after that. Beyond that though, you will need to prioritize time to learn your new hobby by scheduling time into your schedule – literally block it out of your planner or Google calendar.

There are plenty of free or low-cost options until you feel comfortable enough to invest in it. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: yoga classes, guest speakers, art shows, pick-up sports, film festivals, art/craft classes, and volunteer opportunities. Or think about the answers to these prompts:

  1. When you were little and without responsibilities, what did you spend most of your time doing/enjoying?
  2. Before life handed you a busy schedule, there were activities you had to put on hold and that you probably miss doing – take them off the back burner.
  3. You’ve said this many times before but didn’t give it much thought, “I wish I knew how to _____,” or,”I’ve always wanted to try ______.”

Plus the list of benefits associated with having a hobby are endless. At the very least you can unleash your creativity, contribute to your well-being, and sharpen your mind. Over time though, the benefits will multiply: make friends with people who have similar interests, keep these skills for the rest of your life, embellish or discover new-found talents, and so on, and so forth. Ultimately, you will get to know yourself better and build your character. So what are you waiting for?

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